Persimmon staff take on sporting challenges for children’s hospice

PUBLISHED: 08:50 28 August 2018 | UPDATED: 08:50 28 August 2018

The team from Persimmon Homes Severn Valley taking part on the challenges for Children's Hospice South West.

The team from Persimmon Homes Severn Valley taking part on the challenges for Children's Hospice South West.


Colleagues from a housebuilding firm have raised more than £10,000 for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW).

Persimmon Homes Severn Valley chose the Wraxall-based hospice as its charity of the year.

Staff have taken part in 10km runs, half day marathons and cycling events to raise as much as they can for the cause.

The colleagues, called the Severn Valley Runners and Riders, have taken on 10 events so far including the Bristol 10k, Two Tunnels Half Marathon in Bath, Wales in a Day, Ride for Precious Lives and a London to Paris cycle challenge.

Rob Berry, from Persimmon Homes Severn Valley, is heading up the team. He said: “Children’s Hospice South West is a cause that is, sadly, one that is very close to our hearts.

“Our greatest but most rewarding challenge was definitely our London to Paris cycle.

“What should have been a mere 250 miles with 6,000ft climb, ended up as a 272-mile round trip with 13,000ft climb after going off route, but we made it. “Special thanks to everyone who helped make this cycle possible.

“A mention also has to go to Nick Lloyd, senior surveyor at Persimmon Homes Severn Valley whose enthusiasm for running has encouraged people to take part in events.

“Sponsorships from these have had a huge impact on the fundraising total.”

Children’s Hospice South West cares for youngsters with life-limiting conditions and their families by providing respite care and short breaks, as well as emergency, palliative and end-of-life care.

Steve added: “We chose to support Children’s Hospice South West as we felt it is an incredibly worthwhile charity and the support they give to children and their families at such a difficult time is invaluable.

“We will continue to raise funds throughout the year through events, staff dress down days and a charity skydive taking place in September.”

Amanda Gallagher, CHSW’s corporate partnerships fundraiser, said: “Ten sporting challenges and more than £10,000 raised so far – what an amazing achievement.”

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